We all assume that we are good drivers and because we are good drivers, it is a slim chance that a fatal accident will occur. What we don’t often take into account is how well everyone around us can drive or even if they are in a state of mind that they should even be on the road at all. We all trust ourselves but it is the ones driving around us that we must keep a keen eye on. When you have been involved in a South Florida drunk driving accident, call The Ben Law Firm to discuss your options.
Florida reported almost 8,500 deaths due to drunk drivers from 2003 to 2012. In 2014, almost ⅓ of all traffic-related deaths were due to a drunk or impaired driver. That comes to about 10,000 lives that are taken yearly due to poor decision making. In an effort to stop reoccurring drunk driving offenses, the Florida House committee passed a Florida DUI Ignition Interlock bill. A bill that would require an ignition interlock device on someone’s vehicle after their first drunken driving conviction has passed its first committee in the Florida House of Representatives. This bill put more severe penalties on first-time offenders.
The bill other wise known as HB 949, has passed the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. Before reaching the House floor, the bill must go through two more committees. The interlock device prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. The current law makes it mandatory for six months for a first offense if the person’s blood alcohol content is higher than 0.15 percent or a minor is in the vehicle. The devices are also mandatory for multiple DUIs.
Currently, in Florida, there are an approximate 9,000 devices active. If this bill is enacted, it will join 28 other states and the District of Columbia.